Review: School Spirits by Rachel HawkinsSchool Spirit by Rachel Hawkins
on May 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 297
Format: Hardcover
three-half-stars
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Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

Literary Thoughts:

This book is a spin off of the Hex Hall series, so of course I had to read it. It’s based on Izzy Brannick, and how she has spent her life up until this point training to fight monsters. It reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although Izzy is more like Faith, not Buffy. If you haven’t read Hex Hall, don’t worry, it is a stand alone series even though we originally meet the characters in the Hex Hall series.

Izzy Brannick is the last of a long line of hunters. Izzy,  her mom, and sister Finley have been fighting monsters together for awhile now. Finley is missing though, and her mother has decided that after months of searching, she and Izzy need a change of scenery. They move to a small town, and Izzy goes to high school for the first time. Up until this point, she has been completely sheltered from mainstream society. All that has been her focus is training, training and more training….well, killing monsters too. Witches, vampires, and werewolves aren’t really something you can chat about in the school cafeteria, so she is kinda lost when she first get there.

So the story focuses on how Izzy enrolls at school so she can track down a ghost that has been haunting the place. She teams up with the local ghost hunting club, and sets out to crack the case. In the process, she ends up making some great friends, and there are a few twists and turns along the way that make for great surprises in the plot. The pacing of the storyline was nice, and I enjoyed the friendships created and development of new characters. It’s Buffy meets Scooby Doo gang all rolled into one ,and I absolutely loved it.

There is a hint at a crazy love triangle that I think might be very interesting. Let me explain. Torin is a 400 year old warlock that has been trapped in a mirror. The Brannick family has kept him around because he has the power to see the future. He has the ability to be helpful, but for the most part he is more a pain the help. Izzy has grown up with him, talking to him and getting advice.  There is a hint that feelings on his part on developing. Torrin comes to her in her dreams, and it is clear that he has romantic thoughts towards her,although  she hasn’t quite gotten it yet. Then there is Dex, a boy she meets at school, and he is sexy and Izzy is instantly attracted to him. I like Torin and Dex! I don’t know if I can choose! I can’t wait to see how Hawkins develops this part of the storyline. Not sure if she will allow 16 year old Izzy to get it on with a 400 year old warlock…and he is trapped in a mirror…but we shall see!

Overall this is a short, comfortable read. It’s like hanging out with old friends. I loved the characters, the story was fun and interesting, and I most definitely want to read the next installment in the series. If you love ghosts, great characters and a compelling storyline, then pick up School Spirit and spend an afternoon in a good book!

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